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Introduction[edit | edit source]

The Makerbot Replicator 2 is a 3D printer that extrudes a biodegradable thermoplastic (PLA) to create parts. This is the older and smaller of two Makerbot 3D printers at HCC, but it prints faster than the newer (5th Gen) model.

Warnings[edit | edit source]

  • Printing gun parts violates US Federal Law
  • Printing trademarked or actively patented stuff could result in a legal problems
  • The school can not support printing personal stuff including personal inventions
  • Focus printing on things that are related to engineering projects.

Quick Start Guide[edit | edit source]

  1. Find or create a 3D model of a part.
  • convert CAD file to STL:

for inventor:
- click on "I" icon in top left corner
-click on export
- click on CAD format
- select STL from the save as type drop down menu

    • Clean up/Repair STL file with Microsoft netfabb
  1. Use MakerWare software to convert 3D model (STL file) into X3G file.
  2. Use Makerbot Replicator 2 to print part.
  3. Carefully remove the part from the build platform.

If you have a problem and don't know what to do, STOP and ask an instructor or lab aide for help.

Detailed Information[edit | edit source]

Quiz[edit | edit source]

quiz - Take this after reading through the tutorial, and before taking the Canvas quiz.

Old pages[edit | edit source]

Replicator 2 MakerBot page

Original MakerBot Cupcake Tutorial Page